Interviews & Features

Grape expectations

by Dina Maaty | 15 May 2016

Phil Crozier, director of wine for Gaucho Restaurants discusses his mission to open Dubai up to an exciting new world of Argentinian vintages, and the unique challenges he faces along the way As the fifth largest wine producer in the world, yielding more than Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand put together, it’s surprising that Argentine

Interview: Totora Cebicheria Peruana

by Dina Maaty | 12 May 2016

One of a string of Peruvian restaurants to open in Dubai International Financial Centre this year, Totora Cebicheria Peruana promises to compete with a truly authentic taste of Peru. Crystal Chesters reports With European, Asian and African flavours weaved together and underpinned by indigenous traditions, it’s no wonder Peruvian food has exploded in Dubai, which

Country focus: The Seven Emirates

by Sophia Soltani | 10 May 2016

The tourism and hospitality industry is a major pillar of the UAE economy, contributing 8% of GDP in 2015.  With the country forecasted to register 4% growth this year Sophia Soltani reports on the growing tourist arrivals and their impact on the economic outlook. With the performance of the UAE’s hospitality sector weakened by a

The realty perspective: Dubai’s “ignored” development sites

by Sophia Soltani | 10 May 2016

Managing director of Al Ruwad Real Estate, Ismail Al Hammadi, talks about the development prospects of untouched locations of Dubai and the opportunities for hotel projects  in  Dubai’s Al Jaddaf  area. As managing director of Al Ruwad Real Estate, Ismail Al Hammadi knows a thing or two about property investment, including where and what to

New Place: JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana

by Dina Maaty | 08 May 2016

Amwaj Rotana director of food and beverage, Hossam El Said showcases JBR Walk’s latest addition, JB’s Gastropub Please describe the concept of  JB’s Gastropub in your words? It’s something JBR has been missing – a gastropub. It’s not just a pub or a sports bar, but a true gastropub where the food doesn’t take a backseat.

The big cheese: Nathan Outlaw

by Dina Maaty | 08 May 2016

British Michelin-starred chef, Nathan Outlaw is getting ready to introduce a more accessible F&B offer to the luxurious Burj Al Arab, with his signature fine-dining, sustainable seafood. Dubai has been on Nathan Outlaw’s radar since Gordon Ramsay first opened Verre at Hilton Dubai Creek in 2001, however he had never been to the emirate before

Spill the beans: Henrik Baecklund, La Serre Bistro Bar

by Dina Maaty | 04 May 2016

Henrik Baecklund, the new head bartender at La Serre Bistro Bar Dubai, reveals the secrets of the venue’s new cocktail menu What experience do you bring to La Serre? With a professional background in hospitality, I have worked in many bars and nightclubs around the world, gaining solid experience in high-end cocktail crafting. I therefore

The Full Measure: Cocktail Kitchen

by Dina Maaty | 01 May 2016

The team behind Cocktail Kitchen explains how Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ newest licensed venue showcases the best of food and beverage, while bringing Dubai up to the times with accessible, affordable and spontaneous hospitality The concept of cocktail kitchen is all in the name – “a balance of great beverages and food” – according to John

Vineet Bhatia to open third Dubai restaurant

by Dina Maaty | 27 Apr 2016

Vineet Bhatia revealed to Catering News Middle East that he will open a third restaurant in Dubai. The twice starred Michelin chef, who already operates Ashiana by Vineet at Sheraton Dubai Creek and Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House, said the third venture will be a move away from fine-dining. “It will be a new

De-coding Gen Z

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Apr 2016

It has long been understood that teenagers can make or break a family holiday. But what do they want and what can hotels do to meet their demands? In the first of four discussions, Hotel News ME asks a group of Gen Z teenagers to share their tips on how the local family holiday industry

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